Goodbye

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This morning I received word that one of more lovable (if a mite bit cantankerous) citizens has passed on. The corner of India and Manhattan will not be the same without out you, Charlie. You will be missed.

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

November 24, 2013 ·
Filed under: Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, Stuff The Makes Heather Sad 

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This was taken by a very nice lady named Stephanie on the N train at Lexington Avenue and 59th Street last night at 10:00 p.m. Given last weekend a homeless/”unhoused” fellow hereabouts died of hypothermia this made my heart sink. I suppose he (she?) is at least safe and warm— and if you are reading this, gentle readers, chances are you are as well. This is something to consider this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend replete with “Black Friday” sales.

Want versus need. This is something the Bloomturd administration* never really got the “jist” of. But they would not have been able to do what they did— for twelve years— without some semblance of approval. From us. We need to overhaul and/or gut the homeless shelter system as it operates presently. The McCarren Park Ice Rink: that’s a want. There is no reason someone should have to resort to our subway system to have a warm place to sleep (as opposed to freezing to death in out public parks). If Bloomberg can “give” us an ice rink…

Really.

*I have commenced creating a series of snow globe souvenirs of the Bloomberg Administration’s “accomplishments”. Obviously they have a decidedly north Brooklyn “twist” (as that is what I know best). However, suggestions are encouraged! Kick ’em over via comments or my “tips” page.

Quicklink: DNA.info

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Read it and weep.

Spotted On 31st Street: Binti

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This is eerily reminiscent of a flyer I spied on Manhattan Avenue not terribly long ago. As to whether this is a new trend (burglarizing apartments and puppies) is anyone’s guess— either way it is not cool. If anyone has seen Binti or knows of her whereabouts please contact her people at the above-listed telephone number. Thanks!

Spotted On Greenpoint Avenue: Going, Going…

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Those of you who love vintage/faded advertisements take note: one of the finest examples our city has to offer, the Syrup of Figs ad at 96 Greenpoint Avenue (as seen above), will not be with us much longer. Follows is why:

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a four story, eight family apartment building is slated to “move in” next door. Those of you who have always wanted to revisit and/or photograph this gem but never got around to it the time is now. Once the plywood fence of death goes up (and it has) the clock is ticking….

Real Men Love Cats: Meet Mario

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I have frequently wondered exactly what happened. Well, as it would happen I recently met the fellow who oversees this colony. He calls himself Super Mario and he had quite a tail tale to tell. You see, Mario tends a number of feral colonies hereabouts. He has done so for a long time and feeds no less than 76 cats (!) daily. Despite his slightly intimidating physical presence one can clearly see Mario loves the critters under his care. And anyone who loves cats, well, is a friend of mine.

Hence why I am writing this post.

Mario has names for all the kitties under his care. Without argument the “queen” of the colony is a lass named Spotty.

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Her “boyfriend”, as Mario explained to me, is this formidable fellow whose name I do not recall.

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Mario told me he is, at seven years of age, among the older inhabitants of this pride. As such he generally stays close to “home” and spends his golden years lounging in the sun and napping.

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After I took the above photo a chap sporting a black and white tuxedo coat slipped by. He had neither the time nor the desire for my photo-taking. He was hungry! Mario explained to me his “girlfriend” seems to have gone missing. However, he was sporting some scratches on his paw (which Mario is tending), so this might be due to feline fisticuffs over her affections. Such is the world of cats.

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When I asked Mario what happened to the colony last month, he explained to me that there is a fellow thereabouts who dislikes cats. So much so, he saw fit to not only render their home into rubbish.

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…but took the added measure of throwing some of it over the fence of an adjacent lot for good measure. What’s more, once the colony was moved onto the premises in question he saw fit to enter and destroy that as well. So now the gate is padlocked. I know what you’re thinking, gentle readers:

Did Mario contact the police?

Answer: yes. As Mario explained to me they explained to him that they could not do anything because (and I quote) “the man is crazy”. That may very well be. However, trespassing and destruction of property do strike me as being criminal acts and therefore a police matter.

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In closing, those of you who happen to reside near this facility please help keep an eye on it. If you see something suspicious, say something! Ultimately it is up to us humans to advocate for the welfare of Spotty and her furry friends. They do not have the ability to blog much less call 311.

P.S.: It should be noted that Mario created a memorial for the feral furkids who died during the demolition of Monster Island. This too was destroyed. Mario has informed me he will be replacing it. I have asked him to contact me when he does.

Williamsburg Street Art Du Jour: The Word On The Street

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From North 5th Street.

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Manhattan Avenue

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Taken today, September 12th 2013 at 4:56 p.m.

Quicklink: By Their Friends Ye $hall Know Them…

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Ever wondered who this fellow is? I know I have. This is because I see his mug all over north Brooklyn.

QCscreencapCIAFANOWell, Queens Crap has the low-down. Here’s a teaser:

Astoria attorney John Ciafone is running for City Council District 22 (Astoria) to replace outgoing Peter Vallone, Jr. He has run previously for the council as well as for the assembly… What you may not know is that Ciafone currently appears on Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio’s slumlord list (for a property located in Greenpoint no less — Ed. Note). To his credit, he is on the “most improved” list, having reduced his violations from 195 to 2. He tried to donate to DeBlasio, but it was returned. Local council member/Vito Lopez protege Steve Levin and Queens BP candidates Peter Vallone and Melinda Katz apparently have no qualms about keeping his money, however…

Read it for yourselves here.

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Otherwise, I will leave you with this footage from a campaign event from Christopher Olechowski’s campaign for 50th Assembly District Democratic Party Male Leader. At 0:28 you can see John J. Ciafone, Esquire, himself…

I encourage you all, gentle readers, to give ALL these videos (there are five total) a watch. They’re, um, interesting.

(Image Credit: Ciafone making aluminum siding look good comes courtesy of Queens Crap)

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: RIP

August 19, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Stuff The Makes Heather Sad 

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Taken August 17, 2013.

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